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The Little Gym Expands Partnership With Nickelodeon To Host Official SpongeBob SquarePants Parties »

October 22, 2014 at 12:04PM PDT | Source: Little Gym

SCOTTSDALE, AZ - (Marketwired - Oct 22, 2014) - "Are you ready, kids?" "Aye-Aye Captain!" The Little Gym International today announced that children can celebrate their birthdays SpongeBob-style at The Little Gym as the experiential learning and physical development center is introducing "SpongeBob SquarePants"-themed Awesome Birthday Bash parties at participating U.S. locations.
The Little Gym's curriculum for its new "SpongeBob SquarePants" parties, designed for children up to age 12, is being developed by the company in partnership with Nickelodeon. The birthday parties will take children on an undersea adventure inside their local The Little Gym, as children engage with characters like Patrick, Squidward and Mister Krabs in an interactive and imaginative story that gets kids moving, climbing and tumbling through active play...

Painting With A Twist Studios Nationwide To Host Charitable Events For Veteran's Day »

October 22, 2014 at 11:59AM PDT | Source: Painting with a Twist

Leading Paint and Sip Franchise Hosts Nov. 11 'Painting with a Purpose' to Benefit Special Operations Warrior Foundation
MANDEVILLE, La. - October 22, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Painting with a Twist®, the nation's largest paint-and-sip franchise, will host system-wide fundraising events on Veteran's Day, Nov. 11, to benefit the Special Operations Warrior Foundation through the company's charitable arm, Painting with a Purpose.
There are 100 studios participating in this fundraiser with at least 50 percent of each event's proceeds being donated to the Special Operations Warrior Foundation. Some studios are donating 100 percent.
Guests can visit the Painting with a Twist locations page to find their nearest participating studio...

Nation's Leading Holiday Lighting And Decorating Franchise Shines Brighter This Season By Partnering With Barcana Inc. »

October 22, 2014 at 11:41AM PDT | Source: Christmas Decor

Christmas Decor Decks the Halls with Diverse Line of High-End Trees, Ornaments and More
October 22, 2014 // Franchising.com // Lubbock, TX – Christmas Decor, the nation's leading professional holiday & event decorating franchise - is proud to announce its newly formed partnership with Barcana Inc. (Barcana), one of the nation's leading artificial tree manufacturers. In addition to providing spectacular, unique lighting displays that create dazzling results, Christmas Decor will now offer consumers an extensive line of high-end artificial trees, wreaths, garlands, ornaments and more.
For over 50 years, the Barcana name has been recognized as the leader of high quality manufacturing of artificial Christmas trees. However, being headquartered in Southern California created a set of challenges for the third generation family business when it came to freight and logistics...

Bruegger's Bagels Announces Winner Of $10,000 Artist Challenge »

October 22, 2014 at 11:36AM PDT | Source: Bruegger's Bagels

Minnesotan's artwork is displayed at Flagship Bakery in Commerce Hill
October 22, 2014 // Franchising.com // BURLINGTON, Vt. – Bruegger's Bagels has selected the original artwork of Taia Morley of Stillwater, Minnesota, as the winner of its $10,000 Artist Challenge.
As part of the 2014 opening celebration for its new prototype and flagship Commerce Hill bakery in Woodbury, Minnesota, Bruegger's Bagels issued a $10,000 Artist Challenge. The competition sought an original work that conveyed the artist's interpretation of the Bruegger's Bagels brand to complement the bakery's new urban chic design. Morley's winning work is now displayed in the Commerce Hill bakery and other select locations nationwide.
"The bagel is the heart and soul of Bruegger's Bagels, and we love how Taia's design conveys that 'bagel world' in a way that is whimsical, original and just a little bit quirky," said Judy Kadylak, vice president of marketing for Bruegger's Bagels...

Cousins Subs® Awards $1,000 To Literacy Green Bay »

October 22, 2014 at 11:31AM PDT | Source: Cousins Subs

Make It Better Foundation Grant will Help Support Read & Lead Tutoring Program
October 22, 2014 // Franchising.com // MILWAUKEE – The Cousins Subs® Make It Better Foundation has awarded Literacy Green Bay a $1,000 grant to support its Read & Lead Tutoring Program, which connects trained teen volunteers with elementary-aged participants who provide close one-on-one positive relationships with disadvantaged children, assisting them with their school work while also supporting their literacy development outside of the classroom.
Foundation funds will be used to replenish program workbooks, art and crafts materials, and training materials that are routinely consumed by the children and tutors, as well as replace books, games and puzzles that are damaged or have missing pieces for the 2014-2015 school year...

Two Women Entrepreneurs Bring Medical Background To New Caring Transitions Business »

October 22, 2014 at 10:39AM PDT | Source: Caring Transitions

Billings, MT (PRWEB) October 22, 2014 - Friends Teresa Otto and Erin BeQuette have a true passion for caring for people. Teresa, an anesthesiologist, and Erin, a nurse, are looking forward to bringing that passion and experience to their new business – Caring Transitions of Yellowstone Valley.
Caring Transitions is America's largest resource specializing in managing senior relocations, downsizing and estate liquidations. In addition to the organizing, packing and move oversight, Caring Transitions can handle on-site and online estate sales, preparing homes for market and more. Caring Transitions of Yellowstone Valley serves the Billings area, Yellowstone County and Southeastern Stillwater County as well as Carbon, Treasure, Rosebud and Custer counties...

Infographic: Three Crucial Factors That Make Or Break A Business »

October 22, 2014 at 10:30AM PDT | Source: AdviCoach

National business advisor AdviCoach® offers infographic exploring top factors that affect business success.
October 22, 2014 // Franchising.com // SOUTHBURY, CT – According to The U.S. Small Business Administration, small businesses (independent companies with fewer than 500 employees) make up 99.7 percent of U.S. employment. Recognizing the massive impact that small businesses have on the U.S. economy, AdviCoach has created an infographic titled "What’s Keeping You Up at Night?" exploring three obstacles businesses frequently face that likely impact success – time, team and money. The infographic can be found at http://advicoachblog.com/infographic-top-dangers-preventing-businesses-succeeding/.
AdviCoach, a national provider of business coaching and advisory services customized for small- to mid-size businesses, explains that over 50 percent of the population relies on wages that the more than 28 million U...

Howard Johnson Launches Nationwide Search For Stars Of 1960s' Campaign »

October 22, 2014 at 10:20AM PDT | Source: Howard Johnson

Celebrates 60 Years Of Hospitality By Reaching Out to Those Who Helped Put it on the Map
October 22, 2014 // Franchising.com // PARSIPPANY, N.J. – In celebration of 60 years of hospitality, the Howard Johnson® hotel chain today launched a nationwide search for former employees who were once featured in the brand's 1960s' "Spotlight on You" ad campaign, all with the hope of bringing them into the orange limelight one more time.
Howard Johnson 60th AnniversaryNow through December 31, 2014, Howard Johnson is asking for the public's help in locating and identifying approximately 14 former hotel and restaurant employees featured in the ads, which highlighted the brand's signature hospitality by sharing the stories of employees who assisted guests and customers in a variety of unique and challenging situations...

Pinot's Palette To Host Nationwide Fundraiser Benefitting The National Breast Cancer Foundation »

October 22, 2014 at 10:16AM PDT | Source: Pinot's Palette

HOUSTON - Oct. 22, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Pinot's Palette, the fast-growing paint-and-sip franchise known for providing guests with an entertaining evening of art and wine, will host its a national fundraising event Friday, Nov. 7 benefitting the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc. (NBCF).
During the evening event, all Pinot's Palette studios nationwide will donate a minimum of $15 per seat reservation to NBCF. Several Pinot's Palette studios plan to donate even more contributions to NBCF.
Pinot's Palette President and Co-Founder Charles Willis says the partnership with NBCF is just one more way the company is giving back to the community through its "Painting It Forward" program.
"When planning this national fundraising effort, it was an easy decision on which cause it needed to be," said Charles Willis, Co-Founder and President of Pinot's Palette...

Planet Fitness Announces Company’s First International Expansion Into Canada »

October 22, 2014 at 9:54AM PDT | Source: Planet Fitness

October 22, 2014 // Franchising.com // NEWINGTON, N.H. – Planet Fitness, the innovative health club franchise known for its Judgement Free Zone® and affordable prices, today announced plans to enter Canada, the company's first international expansion. Planet Fitness is the fastest-growing full size health club franchise in the United States with more than 850 clubs. The brand will open its first international location in December in Toronto, Ontario at the Galleria Mall, 1245 Dupont Street, and a second club in Brampton, Ontario at Centennial Mall, 227 Vodden Street East, in early 2015.
The company has also begun franchising in Canada as part of its commitment to developing and growing the brand across the country. To date, the brand has received interest from over 10 franchise groups to purchase over 150 clubs across eight provinces coast to coast, with development beginning in early 2015...

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Extends Global Partnership With Mercedes AMG Petronas »

October 22, 2014 at 9:21AM PDT | Source: Starwood Hotels & Resorts

SPG Members Can Live The Formula One Experience With Unparalleled Access To The Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team
STAMFORD, Conn. - October 22, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG®), the award-winning loyalty program from Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:HOT), today announced a two-year extension of its partnership with the Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team. SPG® officially launched the new global partnership at the start of Formula One’s 2012 European season and after three successful years together the two partners have now announced that their relationship will continue ahead of the United States Grand Prix.
Considered the most prestigious form of motor racing in the world, Formula One consists of a series of races known as ‘Grands Prix’ held on purpose-built and street circuits...

Hired Today, Gone Tomorrow: Recent Grads Don’t Stay In First Jobs Very Long »

October 22, 2014 at 8:37AM PDT | Source: Express Employment Professionals

77% of Express Owners Surveyed Say the Average Grad Will Leave Their Job in the First Year
OKLAHOMA CITY, (PRWEB) October 22, 2014 - Express Employment Professionals, the nation's largest franchised staffing company, today released survey findings that reveal how long recent college graduates stay in their first job after graduation.
More than three-quarters, 77 percent of franchises surveyed, said they expect a recent graduate to stay less than a year in his or her first job. Only 23 percent think the average graduate stays for more than a year.
Findings come from the 2014 edition of the "America Employed" survey of 115 Express franchises across the nation. This is the second year Express has released findings from its "America Employed" survey...

Stevi B's Pizza Celebrates The Holiday Season With Creative In-Store Promotions, Charity Partnerships And New Menu Additions »

October 22, 2014 at 8:26AM PDT | Source: Stevi B's Pizza

Creative Customer Promotions Highlight Winter at the Nation's Favorite Family Friendly Pizza Buffet
October 22, 2014 // Franchising.com // ATLANTA – The start of a new season comes with even more reason to enjoy the tasty offerings – and great savings – from the country's only premium pizza buffet.
Starting this month, Stevi B's Pizza, everyone's favorite neighborhood pizza buffet, is introducing an exciting collection of deals, desserts, giveaways and community give-back programs including:

A Toys for Tots Community Partnership
Holiday Gift Car Promotion
Fundraising Group Facebook Contest
Limited Time Strawberry Cheesecake Dessert Pizza

"At Stevi B's, we cherish the opportunity to strengthen the bonds we have with fans during the holiday season," said Allyson Smith, chief marketing officer for Stevi B's Pizza...

Dr. Iris Hunter To Host Grand Opening Of FirstLight HomeCare Tomorrow »

October 22, 2014 at 8:16AM PDT | Source: FirstLight HomeCare

Entrepreneur Still Has a Heart for Service After 20-Year Nonprofit Career
Springfield, Va. (PRWEB) October 22, 2014 - For Dr. Iris Hunter, a job is more than just a way to make money; it's an extension of her life's mission. Her extensive experience in the nonprofit sector, coupled with her latest venture as the owner of FirstLight HomeCare, make it clear that Hunter's mission is to serve others.
"It's important to me that my work makes a difference in the lives of others," Hunter said. "Additionally, I've always harbored an entrepreneurial spirit, so after much research, I felt ready to start on this journey as a FirstLight owner."
FirstLight HomeCare provides affordable, non-medical home care services to people of all ages who need assistance with daily activities...

Burger 21 Seeks Additional Franchisees For Greater Washington D.C. Expansion »

October 22, 2014 at 8:04AM PDT | Source: Burger 21
Burger 21 Opportunities Available

Award-Winning Fast-Casual Chain to Host Franchising Executive Roundtable on Nov. 2 
October 22, 2014 // Franchising.com // TAMPA, Fla. – Burger 21®, a new better burger franchise founded by the owners of The Melting Pot® Restaurants, Inc. franchise company based in Tampa, Fla., announced today it is targeting the Greater Washington D.C. area for future franchise development. Target cities include Bethesda, Silver Spring, College Park and Rockville, Md.; Alexandria, Arlington, Manassas and Gainesville, Va.; and downtown D.C.
To fuel expansion in the region, Burger 21 will be exhibiting at the Capital Franchise Expo, Nov. 1 and 2 at the Dulles Expo Center, booth No. 209. In addition, the Tampa-based franchise's development team will also host a franchising Executive Roundtable on Nov...

JumpBunch Partners With Riverhead Parks Department »

October 22, 2014 at 7:54AM PDT | Source: JumpBunch

Holbrook, NY - October 22, 2014 - (PR.com) - JumpBunch of Southeast Long Island, a well-known global sports franchise, is proud to announce that it has expanded its programming into Eastern Long Island by offering children's sports programs through the Parks and Recreation Department of Riverhead, New York.
Jump Bunch owner/operator Winkie Schultz says, "All programs are non-competitive and based upon the love of sports and fitness. By introducing children to a wide variety of sports at a young age, it is our hope that they will continue playing sports throughout their adult lives. Active, healthy and fit kids usually make for active, healthy and fit adults."
JumpBunch Pee Wee clinics are offered at Stotzky Park in Riverhead, New York, during the spring, summer and fall...

Tom Lindberg Advises Western Connecticut State University MBA Students And Faculty To Win With Winners »

October 22, 2014 at 7:43AM PDT | Source: Sir Grout

With nearly 10 years of experience in the hard surface restoration industry, Sir Grout President and Co-Founder shares his company's amazing success story.
Alpharetta, GA (PRWEB) October 21, 2014 -Tom Lindberg gave a lecture at Western Connecticut State University on Sept. 5 and 6 titled "Win with Winners." This enlightening lecture addressed to the school's MBA students and faculty, stressed the importance of surrounding themselves with winning people, winning processes and winning products. Mr. Lindberg explained that in order to be truly successful, people need winning recipes. Once again, Sir Grout, leading innovator in the hard surface industry, sets aside time to give back to the community and share life's lessons.
Sir Grout boasts nearly a decade of success in hard surface restoration, and over five years of international franchising with repeated recognition in Entrepreneur's Top 500 Franchises and Top 100 Home-based Franchises...

ReBath Northeast Offering Toilet With Purchase Of Tub To Shower Conversion »

October 22, 2014 at 7:25AM PDT | Source: Re-Bath Remodeling

Forty Fort, PA (PRWEB) October 22, 2014 - Right now at ReBath Northeast, anyone who is interested in a tub to shower conversion can receive $700 off plus a comfort height toilet with install, absolutely free.
Tub to shower conversions are quite popular with homeowners 65 and older. Many people struggle to safely step over the bathtub and are worried about falling. Having ReBath Northeast convert this tub to an easy to use walk-in shower allows homeowners the freedom to bathe safely and ultimately, care for themselves in their own home.
Included in a tub to shower conversion are two grab bars and the option for a seated base. Both of these items can help someone who is worried about falling in the shower.
While many people realize that a shower is easier to use than a bathtub, not many people realize that there are more convenient options for toilets too...

New Business Brings Needed Services To Seniors, Families In Austin »

October 22, 2014 at 7:15AM PDT | Source: Caring Transitions

Austin, TX (PRWEB) October 21, 2014 - Brandon and Elizabeth Mirabal are looking forward to bringing needed relief to seniors and their families through their new business, Caring Transitions of Greater Austin.
Caring Transitions is America’s largest resource specializing in managing senior relocations, downsizing and estate liquidations. In addition to the organizing, packing and move oversight, Caring Transitionscan handle on-site and online estate sales, preparing homes for market and more. Caring Transitions of Greater Austin serves several areas of Travis County: Circle C, South Austin, Shady Hollow, Manchaca, Barton Hills, Travis Heights, Downtown Austin, Tarrytown, West Campus and North Austin.
The Mirabals decided to open an Austin franchise location after experiencing what many of their clients are facing...

Planet Smoothie And Tasti D-Lite Expanding In Southern California »

October 22, 2014 at 6:54AM PDT | Source: Planet Smoothie
Planet Smoothie Opportunities Available

Two New Stores Are Tip of the Iceberg for Smoothie Franchise and Dessert Franchise
LOS ANGELES, CA - (Marketwired - Oct 21, 2014) - Planet Smoothie and Tasti D-Lite, which together have more than 150 locations nationwide, are about to get a whole lot bigger in Southern California. The smoothie franchise, which currently has one store in Arvin, is about to open two more - one in Santa Monica (530 Wilshire Ave. No. 107, Santa Monica 90401), and the other in the Northridge Fashion Center (9301 Tampa Ave., Northridge, CA 91324). The Santa Monica location will also house a Tasti D-Lite - a popular Manhattan dessert franchise.
That's just the beginning. Planet Smoothie and Tasti D-Lite plan to open dozens of locations in Southern California...



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